For the Warm up let’s play “Pirate Says…”
Take turns to decide what Pirate tells us to do such as “Pirate Says spin around.”
See what ideas you can come up with, you could even use equipment if you want to.
Pretend that the pirates have found a treasure chest on the beach. Use balls, socks, or even fruit as the treasure.
Some of the cheeky pirates are going to try and steal the treasure but the chief has to stop them. If you turn around and catch your child trying to steal the treasure, they have to freeze and balance. As a challenge you could add a bat or a pan for your children to collect the balls with.
Encourage your child to travel in different ways when collecting the treasure. You could change the task by asking them to retrieve the treasure using their feet, dribbling, jumping or balancing.
Pretend the balls are coconuts and practice kicking them through some targets. You can make targets using chairs, cones, shoes or even each other’s legs. See how many targets you can kick the coconuts through in 30 seconds.
Encourage foot placement next to ball. You can alter the distances to target and size of target – make the target bigger to make the task harder, or smaller to make the task more challenging.
Download a PDF to help you teach your child to kick a ball here.
Set up a fun pirate treasure hunt obstacle course with lots of fun challenges and some treasure at the end. You could include some equipment and balls as part of your obstacle course and why not kick some coconuts too.
After each time through the obstacle course collect one piece of treasure and try again.
Encourage your child to travel in different pathways and in different ways by changing the layout of the course.